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surveyor

[ser-vey-er] /sərˈveɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person whose occupation is surveying.
2.
an overseer or supervisor.
3.
Chiefly British. a person who inspects something officially for the purpose of ascertaining condition, value, etc.
4.
(formerly) a U.S. customs official responsible for ascertaining the quantity and value of imported merchandise.
5.
(initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of space probes (1966–68) that analyzed lunar soil and obtained other scientific information after soft-landing on the moon.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English surveio(u)r < Anglo-French surveiour; Middle French surve(i)our, equivalent to surve(i)- (see survey) + -our -or2
Related forms
surveyorship, noun
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  • If you do decide to buy a beachfront house, have a geological surveyor inspect the shore nearby to see if it is stable or eroding.
  • However, as any surveyor of anything will tell you, you can't have a high spot unless you have a low one from which to survey it.
British Dictionary definitions for surveyor

surveyor

/sɜːˈveɪə/
noun
1.
a person whose occupation is to survey land or buildings See also quantity surveyor
2.
(mainly Brit) a person concerned with the official inspection of something for purposes of measurement and valuation
3.
a person who carries out surveys, esp of ships (marine surveyor) to determine seaworthiness, etc
4.
a customs official
5.
(archaic) a supervisor
Derived Forms
surveyorship, noun
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Word Origin and History for surveyor
n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French surveiour, from Middle French surveor, from Old French verb surveeir (see survey (v.)).

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